Trader Joe’s Time for Line Trade

Do you like some Trader Joe’s tasty treats? Do you live in the District? Then do you wait in this long-ass line for your love?

I was shocked, no appalled, that any sane human, much less time-starved Washingtonians would stand for the three curves deep, twenty minute long line at Trader Joe’s in Georgetown.

Yes, I know I too waited in said line, but only because I was late for picnic date. Other times, I have better uses for daylight than burning it for Three Buck Chuck.

Don’t you?

14 Comments so far

  1. Chris L (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    Its a trade off between time and money. I can wait in line for 15 min at Trader Joes to get some inexpensive, quality groceries, or I can go to Whole Foods and get ripped off but not wait in line.

    Given that TJ’s rarely takes more than 15 minutes, even when the line wraps around to the veggies (they have a friggin army of cashiers), I usually shop there.

    The ghetto Giant in near my house in Shaw is just out of the question. I’ll be damned if I’m going to wait in line for 20 minutes behind someone paying in coupons and nickels, only to deal with a cashier who moves at sloth speed while they chit chat with the other employees.


  2. EdTheRed (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    The Stealth Trader Joe’s in Old Town is worth the trip. Shoot, in about 20 minutes, you can drive from Foggy Bottom to Old Town, shop, check out, and be in your car on your way back to DC.


  3. Brian (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    “3 curves deep?” You caught it at a slow moment. My record was the day a friend and I went and the line for checkout wrapped around the store and “started” at the entrance door. I stepped in line and grabbed things as the line advanced while my friend ran the gauntlet of the aisles.

    Sometimes I miss having my car just to be able to visit the one in Old Town.


  4. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    Can’t you take the train to Old Town?


  5. RedShirt (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    The line moves at a pretty pace. It looks worse than it seems.


  6. stacey (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    holy cow – i’m a tj’s freak, been to everyone in the area but this one, and i’ve never waited behind more than 3 people.


  7. Anon (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    Trader Joe’s is not in Georgetown. That is in either the West End or Foggy Bottom, depending on your point of view (I would call it the West End, personally). Nothing east of Rock Creek is in Georgetown.

    It demeans neighborhoods like Burleith, Glover Park, and the West End to constantly be labeled as Georgetown. They are their own neighborhoods with plenty to offer besides hoardes of stupid tourists and overpriced clothing stores.


  8. jps (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    Dare you blaspheme?

    Yes, it’s three coils + deep. Go to any decent grocery at a rush time and you will see the same thing spread across 15 aisles, complete with old women writing checks for carts so overloaded with merchandise that I’m surprised they could push them. If you coiled all these people into a single line, they would be as long as the TJ line and probably then some.

    So the line is long, but it NEVER stops moving, which is great. Also the majority of people are buying Dare you blaspheme?

    Yes, it’s three coils + deep. Go to any decent grocery at a rush time and you will see the same thing spread across 15 aisles, complete with old women writing checks for carts so overloaded with merchandise that I’m surprised they could push them. If you coiled all these people into a single line, they would be as long as the TJ line and probably then some.

    So the line is long, but it NEVER stops moving, which is great. Also the majority of people are buying


  9. Mike (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    Why not have the clock-stoppin’ hottie hold your place in line while you pick up the items? It’s what is done in NYC and other large cities.


  10. Wayan (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    I was giving “west end” an upgrade by saying TJ’s was there. Past a lone grocery store, West End is the cultural desert of DC. Just deserted streets leading to high-end hotels without any ground level retail.


  11. Wayan (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    Mike, I would have her hold my place in line, but she was at work. I was at TJ’s buying treats for a post-work picnic + foot massage at Fletchers Boat House. How do you think I got a CSH to begin with?


  12. Don (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    I can’t speak for Mike but I always assumed the answer to that question was “rohypnol.”


  13. LelaDC (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    Unlike lines at Whole Foods, Giant or Safeway at 6pm, the lines at Trader Joes actually move pretty fast. It’s worth it.


  14. Anon (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

    “I was giving “west end” an upgrade by saying TJ’s was there.”

    But you didn’t actually say it was in the West End. And while the offerings of the West End are slim to none, it is a real and historic neighborhood nonetheless, so the scare quotation marks are inappropriate. I understand your skepticism of the name, and I suspect you think it’s just a knock-off of the London neighborhood, but I assure you that this is a legitimate and historical name and not some recent real estate rebranding.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End%2C_Washington%2C_DC



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